The Craft In Me

A blog devoted to all my crafty endeavors.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Earring Display

I have seen some cool earring display holders in blog land and needed to create one. My current collection of jewelry was literally in a jumbled ball sitting in a dish and every morning I'd spend precious minutes fighting with this ball of metal only to end up wearing the same thing over and over after frustration of not finding a matching piece.

So, I came up with this very inexpensive solution.

Here are the materials:

1” thick Styrofoam sheet

Mod Podge

Scrapbook paper

Sponge brush


First I cut the Styrofoam to the same size as the scrapbook paper, which was about 12” x 12”. This particular Styrofoam was part of some toy packaging and I've been saving just for projects like this.

Then using Mod Podge I glued the scrapbook paper down to the Styrofoam.

I glued the top which help with durability since the earrings will rub against the paper.

Note: Before gluing, I painted the sides with regular acrylic craft paint.

While the Mod Podge was still drying, I placed the staple shaped nails right into the board. No hammer needed, they just press easily through the paper into the Styrofoam.

I think the staple nails work best when they are placed at an angle or straight up and down.
The straight nails are added at the top for hanging necklaces.

Here is also one I made in pink.

Of course you can get as simple or as elaborate with these as you want which is exactly what I plan to do so please stay tuned!

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Thriftstore Purse Find

You’ll most likely find me sporting a classic brown leather purse. Which is becoming harder and harder to find these days in the midst of blinged out shiny decaled purses. Don’t get me wrong, designer fashioned bags can be very cute, but just not my style.
So I usually stick with the basic brown shoulder bag, but it does need to at least have a cute shape - like this one I snatched up during a quick thrift store trip.

It has plenty of compartmental space which is a key ingredient in a great functioning purse.

The brassy clasps were a bit dingy and worn. So thinking back to my recent painted owl project, I decided to whip out the acrylics and get painting!

First I taped off the purse around the clasps. This clear tape was what I had on hand and did the job quite well.

I also took apart the metal wire components that hold the straps in place.

Using a basic white acrylic paint, I used that as a primer.

Then a couple coats of this awesome silver toned paint and I was in business.

I love this paint, I have it in gold and this silver tone.

This particular paint is a little on the thick side so I let it dry completely for a couple of days before putting my purse to good use.

Now I can enjoy every part of my “new” purse.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Cute 3-In-One board

Cute Multi-Board!

A White Erase board, Chalkboard, and Bulletin board all in one.

I made this board for my younger sister, much younger, we're about 17 years in difference. It's perfect for a pre-teen!

Here are the materials:

Large foam board

Chalkboard paint

Cork board squares

White erase stickable sheet

Spray on glue

Cute fabric and ribbon

Starting off with the chalkboard paint, I painted a width of about 5 inches down the board. Giving it about 3 coats and let it dry.

Then I took the white erase stickable paper, I love this stuff! If you're not familiar with this, it's kind of like contact paper where you cut however much you want, just peel off the backing and stick anywhere you like.

So after applying the chalkboard paint and white erase sheet on the board, I cut my cork board to the right size and then applied the fabric to my cork board with spray glue.

Then hot glued the fabric-covered cork to the board.

Next I hot glued this cute ribbon down both sides.

To hang, I found these hanging hooks that work so well with the foam board. They have two protruding spikes that easily punch into the back of foam board – but I ended up hot gluing them on for extra hold.

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